Connecting a netbook to your wireless home network
What is a netbook computer?
A netbook computer is a smaller version of a laptop or notebook computer. They are characterized by their smaller size, lighter weight, less computing power, and lower price tags than a laptop. Netbooks often don't have CD or DVD drives and are more dependent on web-based applications.
You can take advantage of the portability of your netbook computer to connect to thousands of Verizon hotspots available through the Verizon Wi-Fi service. Verizon Wi-Fi is a free service with select FiOS Internet plans.
Connecting a netbook to your wireless network
Verizon's In-Home Agent is available to help you connect a netbook computer to your wireless home network. You can let In-Home Agent do the work for you, or you can manually connect your netbook to your home network.
Use In-Home Agent to connect to a wireless home network in Windows XP
Manually connect to a wireless home network in Windows XP
Using In Home Agent to connect a netbook to your wireless network
1. Connect one end of an Ethernet cable from the port on the side of your netbook to one of the yellow ports on the back of your FiOS router. If you do not have an extra Ethernet cable, you can still follow the manual setup instructions
Ethernet cable connected to Actiontec MI424WR router
2. Wait a few seconds for your netbook computer to sync up with your router before entering www.verizon.com/connect into the address field of your Internet browser.[Show Me]
3. Click Download the In Home Agent to begin the download process. It may take several minutes to download In Home Agent. [Show Me]
4. Click Run if the File Download - Security Warning window displays. [Show Me]
5. Click Finished when the window displays to confirm that In Home Agent has installed successfully. [Show Me]
Completing your netbook connection
6. An icon will display on your computer's desktop when the download process completes. You can double-click on this icon in the future to access the In Home Agent tools.
7. Click Enter when the Welcome to Verizon In Home Agent screen displays. [Show Me]
8. Click Internet for help in connecting your netbook to a wireless network. [Show Me]
9. Click Network and Wireless Setup and then Automatically Set Up Wireless.
10. Follow the online instructions to connect your netbook to your wireless network.
11. When In Home Agent finishes connecting your netbook to your wireless network, open an Internet browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox and enter www.verizon.com in the Address field. If your netbook is connected to your network correctly, the Verizon home page should display on your netbook. [Show Me]
Manually connecting a netbook to an wireless network using Windows XP
The easiest way to connect your netbook computer to your wireless home network is to let In Home Agent do the work for you. This requires an Ethernet cable to connect your netbook computer to your router. If you don't have an extra Ethernet cable, you can still connect your netbook computer to your wireless home network, but you must do it manually, as described below.
Click Start in the lower-left Taskbar.
Click All Programs, and then select Accessories, Communications, and Network Connections.
3. Right click on your wireless network connection in the Network Connections window. Select View available wireless networks. If only one wireless network displays or if you're certain which wireless network is yours, you can skip to Step 5.
4. Look for your network's 5-digit SSID and the WEP key information on your router. Most of the latest Verizon routers and gateways have a label with this information printed on it.
1. If you don't remember your SSID or WEP key information or if you have changed your network's SSID or WEP key, you can use the router's configuration utility to find it.
5. Select your wireless network from the list and click Connect.
6. Enter your wireless network's WEP encryption key when you are prompted.
7. You can confirm that your netbook is connected to the network and the Internet by opening a Web browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox. Enter www.verizon.com in the Address field of your browser. The Verizon home page should display in your netbook's browser.
Connecting other devices to your FiOS wireless home network
As phones, mp3 players, game consoles, and other electronics become more sophisticated, more devices have the ability to connect to your FiOS wireless home network.
You may want to bookmark this page and return periodically to discover what new devices can be connected to your wireless network.